vs 1: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Think about it. There is always a time to do something. For instance, when would you go swimming? In the winter? I don't think so. It would most likely be in the spring or summer. There is a when and a why. Why would you go swimming? To enjoy yourself? Of course. But, we can't do everything we do to entertain ourselves; that's like being selfish. Would you go swimming for exercise or get better? Sure. We do need to keep ourselves in shape, because our bodies are temples of the Lord (1 Cor. 6:19). Would you go swimming to relax? Why not? But, we have to do anything for a reason. Even the troubles we go through are to test our faith in God (reason) and it must be at the right time.
vs 2: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
Anyone afraid of death? Doesn't it feel that life is so short yet so long? It says in James that our life is like a vapor. When you're boiling water, don't you notice how short the water vapor stays? That is what James meant. A time to plant a seed in a field or in a garden. How long does it usually take for a plant or flower to grow? For a tomato, it takes 3 months. And there is a time to harvest. The farmers, do you think they just feel like not waiting anymore because they want their crops to be done? Being impatient won't make them grow any faster. Patience. Have you ever heard the saying, "Patience is a virtue"? Everyone must be patient at some time. People wait for the day to end so that they won't have to go through a tough day anymore, or so that the next day something exciting will happen. But, God wants us to be patient. Because, we have to be patient for Jesus, for His return. And, that can happen anytime. So, we have to be patient.
vs 3: A time to kill, and a time to heal; a to break down, and a time to build up.
When Jesus comes back, it's at the right time, because the Tribulation isn't for us. Then, after 7 years, Jesus will reign physically on earth. After 1,000 years of His rule, then He will create a new Heaven and new Earth.
When we are prideful, God breaks us down by sending in troubles to our life. Then, when we repent, He builds us up again. But, we had better learn from our experience that with pride comes falling as well. There is a verse in the Bible that says that.
vs 4: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
When is it good to cry? When you've disappointed someone that you love? Sure. There are lots of times to cry, but, also lots of times not to. I can't think of anything one the spot that isn't really a good time to cry. Say, someone you extremely love dies. And that person was a Christian. Of course, you will weep over their death, but, you should also laugh and be joyful because they are in Heaven, experiencing what God promised them. If you love that person, you should want the best for them. And Heaven is the best thing for them. You should rejoice in the Lord. Your day will come when you will be reunited. That's another thing to be joyful about too. Joy: unexplained and endless happiness (more than happiness) that only God gives you.
vs 5: A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. That verse could read “A time to tear down and a time to construct” Sometimes buildings have to be torn down so they can be built again. So in the same way, when we are prideful and stuck up God will bring us down so He can bring us up back to Him.
vs 6-8: A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The second really gets to me. When to speak and when not to. As a girl, I don't think before I speak. Some girls do. But, sometimes I don't. But, it's sometimes not just girls, but, sometimes boys. As sinful people, we can hurt very much with our words. So we need to think before we speak.